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Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness

Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness

Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness
The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness was formed by the City of Parksville in 2010. The task force is working to address homelessness and the issues related to homelessness in School District #69, Vancouver Island. The geographical region includes the area from Nanoose to Deep Bay, and inland to Whiskey Creek. As a regional initiative, the City of Parksville, the Town of Qualicum Beach, and the Regional District of Nanaimo participate on the task force with support from the MLA.

The Task Force is co-chaired by Violet Hayes, (Executive Director, Island Crisis Care Society), Sharon Welch (Executive Director, Forward House Community Society) and Susanna Newton Renate Sutherland (Executive Director, Society of Organized Services), and meets bimonthly.

Services for the homeless in our region are provided by such organizations and service providers as Manna Homeless Society, Island Crisis Care Society, Forward House Community Society, Society of Organized Services, the Salvation Army, Canadian Mental Health Association, and our local churches.

Oceanside Homelessness

Several homeless counts have been conducted over the years, and more recently, they were carried out in collaboration with the Provincial Point-in-Time (PiT) Homeless Counts. In 2021, a total of 87 individuals were identified as experiencing homelessness during the count. While PiT counts are an accepted methodological tool, the numbers are understood to be the minimum number of people who are experiencing homelessness on a given day in the community. PiT counts are an undercount and represent only those individuals identified during a 24-hour period; this is due to not everyone experiencing homelessness being found, and not everyone who is found, consenting to being surveyed

The task force will use this information to address ways to bridge the gaps within the community focusing on collaboration amongst service providers. This is evident by the broad representation from throughout the community .

Contact

Phone: 250-248-2093 ext 248
Email: homelessness@sosd69.com
Website: https://oceansidehomelessness.com/

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